A Springboks team featuring two debutants will be captained by Eben Etzebeth against Australia on Saturday.

Etzebeth to skipper Boks as Elstadt and Herschel Jantjies make bows


South Africa will be led by Eben Etzebeth against Australia in their Rugby Championship opener, with two Test debutants in the Springboks' XV.

Rassie Erasmus' men are without captain Siya Kolisi for Saturday's clash in Johannesburg as he recovers from a knee injury, meaning Etzebeth instead skippers the side.

Meanwhile, Rynhardt Elstadt and Herschel Jantjies come into the starting line-up for their bows.

Elstadt joins Pieter-Steph du Toit and Francois Louw in the back row, with Jantjies alongside namesake Elton in a halfback combination.

Lizo Gqoboka, also uncapped and named among the replacements, is in line to make his first appearance for South Africa from the bench.

Erasmus said: "We are excited for the forthcoming year and I want to congratulate Rynhardt, Herschel and Lizo on their first inclusion in a Springbok match-day squad, while the leadership role is not something new for Eben.

"The build-up has been good and there is definitely a very good vibe for match.

"Australia have prepared very well for this match and they have spent two weeks at altitude to acclimatise to the Highveld, so we are in for a great contest."

Aphiwe Dyantyi's absence due to a hamstring injury had already been confirmed.

 

South Africa XV to face Australia: Warrick Gelant, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Andre Esterhuizen, Makazole Mapimpi, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies; Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Rynhardt Elstadt, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw.

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Lizo Gqoboka, Vincent Koch, Marvin Orie, Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach, Frans Steyn, Dillyn Leyds.



Eddie Jones faces train abuse

England coach Jones to avoid public transport following train abuse

Eddie Jones was reportedly subjected to physical and verbal abuse on a train journey and has vowed to avoid public transport from now on.


Springboks appoint Erasmus

Erasmus to lead new Springboks management team

Former Springbok Rassie Erasmus is the man to replace Allister Coetzee, who was sacked this month.


Scottish Rugby condemn Jones abuse

Scottish Rugby 'appalled' by Jones abuse

Eddie Jones said he feared for his safety on Sunday and Scottish Rugby said it is "appalled" by the abuse he suffered.


Delaigue: Imports harming Les Bleus

Overseas imports harming French rugby - Delaigue

Former France fly-half Yann Delaigue says young players are not being given a chance to develop in the Top 14.


Reds and Chiefs off the mark

Depleted Reds and Chiefs get off the mark

The Chiefs beat the Blues even without a host of players due to injury, while the Reds triumphed despite two key suspensions.